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Old 01-06-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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I have never ridden a motorcycle but am contemplating buying a motorbike to ride 20 miles round trip to work.

My fear about motorcycles is that it's not if you will be in an accident but when and how bad.

That being said I go to work early in the morning when its dark on a Farm to market road. I know there is always a chance of hitting a deer or small animal.

I am 6 ft, 215 lbs, athletic.

My question would be what type of motorcycle would be good for me? I would like to have some type of protection in case I had to "lay the bike down" such as a leg guard on the bike (?).

I also don't want to spend more than $1000.00
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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Re: New to motorcycles

I had many of the same concerns you do when I started riding.

Bike Equipment:
An engine guard bar will support the side of the bike, and help prevent your leg from getting crushed underneath if you have to lay it down. LED lights on the bike are brighter, and more attention getting than the stock incandescent bulbs. They also have an added benefit of a lower draw on your charging system. Stock motorcycle horns suck. I recommend an air horn. If someone starts to drift in your lane, you want them to notice you when you sound your horn. I also recommend a wireless brake light for the back of the helmet. Mine was $100 from http://www.atlantispowersports.com/w...elmetlight.htm Money well spent.

Gear:
Blaze orange or safety green jacket is recommended, with plenty of reflective trim. Make sure your gear has body armor, and get a Snell rated helmet. Snell is a higher standard than DOT. I do not recommend fingerless gloves, you can get summer weight full finger gloves that are comfortable. If I can wear full finger gloves in 100+ degree DC summers, then full finger gloves are not too hot.

Training/Instruction:
Take the MSF basic rider class. Pay attention. There's lots of good stuff in the class. Once you buy a bike, and are comfortable with it take the advanced rider class. It basically polishes the skills you learned in the basic class, but you get to do it on your own bike.

Don't forget to take your MSF training certificate to your insurance agent, most companies you give you a discount on your motorcycle insurance.

Oh, and by the way, when I ride, I'm wearing over $1,000 worth of safety gear. Don't skimp on safety.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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Re: New to motorcycles

Wow! Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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Re: New to motorcycles

I found this site but I'm wondering why the scooters are so inexpensive?

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/mcd/2781180560.html
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They look Chinese to me.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:03 AM   #6
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They look Chinese to me.
Maybe that is why they all look alike?
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Re: New to motorcycles

Quite possibly. (Edit: I've decided to not put a politically incorrect reference here)
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Re: New to motorcycles

More on-topic, I know we have one member who has good results with cheap generic Chinese scooters.
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Re: New to motorcycles

+2 on the safety gear and the MSF rider training. I'm not a fan of Chinese motos but its your choice. I wouldn't recommend motorcycling strictly to save on gas. Its a lot of fun but also demands a lot of attention at all times.
A used 250 cc to 500cc bike is a good choice for a first bike. They would have enough performance to meets your needs initially.
Good luck and stay safe.
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Re: New to motorcycles

$1000 budget.. hard to do better than this:

2004 kawasaki ninja 250r - $1000 (southwest phila)

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For your 6', 215 lb. frame may be a bit small, but to get yourself familiar with motorcycling, Ninja 250 might just be the ticket.
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